If your organization has not already endorsed the "Community Mental Wellness and Resilience Act of 2023" please do so by going to the link on the International Transformational Resilience Coalition (ITRC) website at: http://itrcoalition.org
The "Community Mental Wellness and Resilience Act of 2023" will soon be introduced by US Representatives Paul Tonko (D-NY), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and co-sponsors in the House, and Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and co-sponsors in the US Senate.
Over 120 national, regional, state, and local organizations have already endorsed the legislation. They range from the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, Mental Health America, National Association of Social Workers, The American Psychiatric Association and American Psychological Association, to the Children's Environmental Health Network, Interfaith Power and Light, Rural Health Network of SCNY, Climate Psychiatry Alliance, Peace4Tarpon, 350Eugene, Seneca County Community Schools, and many others.
No matter if it is large or small, or a private, non-profit, or public organization, if your organization has not done so already please consider endorsing the "Community Mental Wellness and Resilience Act of 2023" by going to the link on the ITRC website: http://itrcoalition.org (it should take 1-2 minutes).
The "CMWRA of 2023" will direct the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to fund and provide technical assistance to community-based 'Resilience Coordinating Networks' that use a public health approach to strengthen the capacity of all adults, adolescents, and young children for mental wellness and resilience for persistent overwhelming stresses, disasters, and emergencies, including those generated by the climate emergency.
In specific, the "CMWRA of 2023" will:
Provide 'Planning Grants' up to $250,000 for one year to help communities organize a broad and diverse local 'Resilience Coordinating Network' that will lead community efforts to implement a public health approach to mental wellness and resilience.
Provide 'Program Grants' of up to $500,000 per year for up to four years to support the implementation and continual improvement of population-level mental wellness and resilience building strategies by a local 'Resilience Coordinating Network.'
Set aside 20% of the available funds for rural communities.
Establish a technical assistance program in CDC to assist communities in applying for a grant and support practitioners involved with Program Grants.
Appropriate $36,000,000 for the period of fiscal years 2024 through 2028 for the "CMWRA of 2023".
More information about the CMWRA of 2023 can be found at he ITRC website: http://itrcoalition.org
If you have not done so already, please consider having your organization endorse the "Community Mental Wellness and Resilience Act of 2023"